You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Angry New Yorkers Hate New Voting Machines [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Election Reform Donate to DU
Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-16-10 03:48 PM
Original message
Angry New Yorkers Hate New Voting Machines
Advertisements [?]
Edited on Thu Sep-16-10 03:49 PM by Bill Bored
'nuf said? Well, K&R and read more about it here anyway:

Angry New Yorkers Hate New Voting Machines

Deborah Hastings
AOL News


It didn't take long for the shouting to begin Tuesday, and it continued today. The new devices -- which electronically scan paper ballots marked by filling in ovals -- wouldn't boot up. Voters couldn't get the scanners to read their ballots -- picture feeding a dollar bill into a vending machine. Or worse, voters complained, the scanners took their ballots, displayed an "error" message and didn't give the ballots back.

"It was horrendous," Cara Judovits, 47, told The Wall Street Journal while leaving a polling site on West 97th Street in Manhattan. "There are about 35 people on line standing there in a boiling, disgusting gym, and I have to leave, so I will not be able to vote now."

Pleasantville, N.Y., resident Terry Rooney said poll workers at his precinct "had a manual out trying to read up on how to operate the machine," The Journal News of Westchester quoted him as saying. "They were completely lost. They had no clue what was going on. They didn't take down my name because they couldn't find a pen and a piece of paper."

The New York City Council and the state comptroller have promised to investigate.


Electronic machines have malfunctioned in other states during the past eight years, causing delays and complaints and lawsuits, but New Yorkers seemed especially miffed, according to Larry Norden of New York University's Brennan Center for Justice. "I can't tell you how many people called me to complain how terrible it was," Norden told AOL News today, laughing. "New Yorkers like to complain.'

Refresh | +7 Recommendations Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top

Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Election Reform Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC